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  1. It would have kept Stephen Martines from ever getting his mitts on the role, so it would have helped me. I don't know when GF expressed that opinion, whether it was at the time Tyler Christopher was leaving or retrospectively, but maybe she just thought he wasn't well established enough after three years to have the kind of career he hoped for. Even some multiple-award winners like Sarah Brown struggled with that transition. TC did rack up a lot of credits on high-visibility TV shows in the years between his first and second GH stints, but they were one-offs; he didn't land a series or anything. Catfish in Black Bean Sauce didn't launch a big-screen career either. One could argue that he had been well positioned on GH circa 1999 to be the young leading man, if he'd chosen to renew. He was well liked by fans. Jonathan Jackson was gone, but the female members of the Scooby gang were still there. They were trying to make Juan happen as the newcomer to the group. Once they realized TC was unlikely to stay, they did back-burner Nikolas, but the character did get a lot written for him after the recast. Much of it was by Megan McTavish, so it certainly wasn't kiss-the-pages greatness, but he was in a lot of front-burner material with Gia, Stavros and Helena, Endgame and all that. I was really happy for a few minutes when TC returned in '03, but...well, we all remember what the material was like. So much of it was bad, right up until the end.
  2. It's true. Not just the JaSam fan base, but what remains of the overall General Hospital fan base. Whenever I look at comments on Facebook or on soap-opera news sites, it's so different from how it is here. "Ryan better not kill Carly! I'll stop watching!" "Ava needs to lose custody of Avery for good. " I'm still bummed that Kiki and Griffin's sweet love story was cut off so soon. This stupid Ryan thing needs to end."
  3. Episode Discussion: TFGH

    I think they've done okay with it so far. The worst thing about is that the show's present-day budget/other restrictions have given it a hollowed-out, tell-rather-than-show feel. The only onscreen representation of the bullying has been via another character we know (Charlotte), and even most of that has happened offscreen. If a better-funded TV show or movie were telling this story, we'd be seeing more of Aiden at school, and there would be other kids. It's being told mostly indirectly through the adults. But the response I'm seeing on line is a little disheartening. Inclusiveness and the ability to be "seen" is important to a lot of people, and Aiden's story is a real thing. But it apparently went over better with the audience when Liz's other son was a brainwashed terrorist who was going to release a biotoxin. No one was threatening to stop watching over that (which I'm seeing on other sites re: the Aiden hints). No one that I recall was saying the show should never go there with a child so young. When the story of "Aiden being Aiden" is much more upsetting and objectionable than Jake's brainwashing and the young Michael's hit-ordering, it says a lot about why kids like Aiden get bullied or retreat into invisibility and fake it 'til they make it. Even here, the preferred response is that all this setup will conclude with a reassurance that he's still within the viewers' parameters of "normal."
  4. Episode Discussion: TFGH

    There's more to it. It's being written that he has a whole set of interests and behaviors that mark him as different and weird in the eyes of kids. The interests we've heard about so far including baking, princess-themed paraphernalia, and a television show that is aimed at young girls. The lack of acceptance he's encountering is making him withdrawn and fearful. This week his teacher had a talk with Liz and said she thought he was in the process of discovering his "identity." Those are the data points thus far.
  5. RW: San Francisco (1994)

    As I recall, coffee was what Judd tried to drill into Rachel's head as the thing to keep Pam occupied, and Rachel botched it by taking her to their neighbors' house. "Pam hates our neighbors!" (over a shot of Pam looking bored at the neighbors' house). I did find that hilarious. I wonder how those neighbors felt if they watched the season. For some reason, they zoomed in on a picture of Mohammed when Mrs. Campos threw the pictures down and said something about "this trash." I personally don't think her issue was a racial one, given what she had just been saying about Rachel's (white or Latina) female friends who visited her in SF. She struck me as more classist and socially conservative than anything.
  6. I watched the Hawaii season when it was airing, and I thought I had never seen such a nasty bunch in a Real World cast. If I had been posting in this thread in 1999, I might have said, "All of them." Everyone was conniving, insincere, stupid, shallow, mean, or destructive, or two or three of those traits at once. All of them had something that made me want to get away. I really missed the genuine-seeming relationships like Heather/Julie, and Pam/Pedro/Judd, or even Mike and Neil on London having that beer at the end of their season and talking about how they thought they were going to hate each other and ended up liking each other. Or Danny/Kelley and Melissa/Jamie in the season after this one. But I had to admit, Hawaii did entertain me. It was much better than some of the later seasons that used it as a template. Anyway, I've been impressed with how accomplished and successful that cast has gone to be. There was more to them than the heavily edited, in some cases drug/alcohol-addled versions of their young-adult selves. Except for Teck, that group also quickly got over their dreams of working in entertainment. I remember reading about Matt getting recognition for his teaching. He's apparently quite an inspirational classroom figure (of the "Let's have a dialogue about [issue]" type), which I can kind of see. It's like he managed to make a positive out of some negative qualities he had in his RW season.
  7. RW: San Francisco (1994)

    I liked Kevin (original NY), but he's someone I think I'd have enjoyed being around more a few years later. I think he got frustrated sometimes that he couldn't get his points across, and then he would get angry and people would take him the wrong way. He seemed a lot more "chill" on reunions. I really enjoyed listening to him, Kameelah, and Neil (London) just sitting around shooting the breeze during that mega-reunion they did in 2001. Those Real World polls about the best season usually tilted toward something people had seen recently. At some point, inevitably, they had a young audience that had joined somewhere in progress. Maybe Las Vegas, Austin or Key West was just everything to them. People started thinking of it as the show you went on first so you could do The Challenge. I'm sure to some of that audience, the early seasons would look quaint and slow-paced, if they could even find them.
  8. Episode Discussion: TFGH

    I wasn't paying the closest attention in the Anna's disease scenes, but Finn mentioned he had never seen the like of this in America, and then the two of them just acted stumped and she jumped to the idea of someone "giving" it to her. Hasn't she left the country several times in recent history? Didn't she go abroad to track Liesl, and to track whatsherface the hypochondriac, and maybe some others I'm forgetting? It would help to know how long of an incubation this thing has. (Again, if he discussed all of that, it's my fault for not being very interested. But I don't think he did.) When Sam was diagnosed with the feline fecal illness, everyone immediately just knew it was because Liv Jerome had thrown her off the bridge and she gave birth through her pants down there in the frozen slime, and thus Julian was circuitously responsible.
  9. Episode Discussion: TFGH

    That's interesting; I thought the Liz/Willow discussion was approaching "WE GET IT!" shower-of-anvils territory (tm old-time MBTV/TWoP). All that "I think he's just beginning to discover his identity" and "We're totally fine with that; we're a non-traditional family and accepting." Then they're cutting away from this to show Aiden baking up a storm and doing hand gestures he learned from the cooking show. And you're right, an interest in baking (or fashion, or ballet dancing, or any one thing) isn't incontrovertible proof of anything. It's just that the baking scenes are happening on the background of all the other stuff since last summer with a child character who doesn't really "need" to be featured at all. Charlotte sneering that she tries to tell Aiden how to act and he doesn't act the right way. Cameron worrying that the kids will pick on him because he likes princess pencils and whatever TV show that was, with the implication that it's a girls' show. He's reluctant to play with the other kids at recess. The specific words adults use to describe him ("sweet," "sensitive"). Etc. However, when I start getting frustrated with all the non-statements that I find deafening, I think about it, and I believe they are trying to do something that isn't easy to dramatize with such a young actor. And it's not premature in real-life terms; it's an awakening that a lot of today's families are going through with boys and girls around that age, so I respect that they're trying. The actor is too young for some of the things that might be expected to happen with an LGBTQ story, but I haven't doubted that that's the story they're trying to tell, from early on. I just have been undecided re: gay or trans. Also, in my opinion, sending Aiden to the other parent at this point would be bad. Visiting, sure, but not to live. He has a really nice support network at home with his brothers, Liz, and (yes) Franco. That consistency is probably such a bedrock to him in a really confusing time.
  10. GH does do -- or, in recent history, has done -- some male/female friendships that are nonsexual. Carly/Jason, of course. Britt/Brad. Franco/Liesl. Nina/Curtis. Liz/Griffin. Stella/Mike (which I think it's fair to say has gone beyond her professional connection). Recently, they've strengthened Sonny/Laura, which has some history. But it's such a pairing-oriented medium that if there's no obstacle, like a family tie, incompatible sexual orientations, or one character being in a solid relationship and not on the market for a triangle, I see why they hate to waste chemistry. Some of it is audience expectations. I can't count the number of times I've seen viewers on fan forums sum up the mission of soaps as love in the afternoon. It's true that "love" comes in many forms, but I usually take that to mean romance, rather than the love in the afternoon that, say, Monica has for her sick grandson. Sometimes characters turn out to work better as friends, I agree. I think trying for more ruined Luke/Felicia forever in 1999-2000, and at least damaged Liz/Nik in 2009-10. But that happens in real life sometimes. The teen scene at present is so thinly populated that I don't think Cameron could ever be Joss's best friend and most trusted confidant with no interest in more on either side, unless they decided Cameron was gay. If they had four more teen players who were on a lot and being written for, and so each of them was getting romantic needs met with someone else, then maybe. But if they had four more teen players who were on a lot, some of them would be girls, and then we'd be back to Joss having a "Langston" or a "Jamie."
  11. "You're so lucky, Joss. You've got an amazing boyfriend, and like the coolest mom in the world. And your Uncle Sonny, and Jason...and Michael is the best big brother ever. And little Avery adores you. I wish I had your life." "I guess you're right, Kaylee. As much as I complain, I really lucked out." "Well, gotta run. I'm opening at Kelly's! Call me later, okay?"
  12. Episode Discussion: TFGH

    GH from about mid-2017 through present (so, around the time Jean P. left the co-head writer spot) has been weirdly uneven. Usually in such a long, sustained period, I can say whether I like the direction of it or not, but the quality has been all over the place. Sometimes it gets so bad that I let four or five episodes build up and I have to make myself catch up, and then other times it's quite good and I enjoy whole episodes. Sometimes even the telling of the same story has ups and downs (like Mike's dementia, which was extremely well done early on, and then in some later months, not). I think there are a lot of competing voices yanking things around, and I have my theories. I have felt we are in one of the upswings in the last week or two, so I will hope it lasts.
  13. Sami on DOOL (another blonde, and teen at the time, although "heroine" is debatable) had a Langston named Jamie. She was played by Miriam Parrish. The character just abruptly vanished when the actress married former co-star Robert Kelker-Kelly (later to be GH's Stavros recast). But she was around for years, and people were always asking why she never got stories of her own. She was just there to be a talk-to and conscience figure that Sami never actually listened to. I guess a best friend with no life of her own is one sign that you've really arrived when you're a blond teen girl on a soap!
  14. Episode Discussion: TFGH

    Forgive me, but I actually liked the Carly/Franco scene. I was on a break when they were actually paired, and it sounds like a horrible idea, but the actors have some chemistry. I thought they got some subtext of familiarity into the scene in Kevin's office. I cannot enjoy Kristina even though she's being "mature," because the culty dialogue is whacking me over the head with all future developments of this story. She was all "I could get angry about this, but that would mean I haven't freed myself from the reactive mind." The next thing she'll be doing is talking about achieving "clear" through Shiloh's auditing sessions, and assuring Oscar that the tech really does work. Then, for May sweeps, Jason and Sam will have to rescue her from The Hole.
  15. GH In The News: The PC Press Club

    Being in last place just doesn't mean as much, though, when there are only four soaps. When there were 12, it would have been more embarrassing. The CBS soaps (which are the most solid with the mortgages-and-Metamucil set that is less affected by 21st-century changes in entertainment options) are doing best of the worst, and there really isn't that much difference in the numbers between DOOL and GH. My prediction is that both DOOL and GH will hang in there for another three to five years. But I don't think daytime drama is over as a genre. It needs a rethink.